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Cleaning Bridgeport mill table


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Old 08-11-2008, 11:34:56 PM
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Default Cleaning Bridgeport mill table

been working on cleaning the gook and tarnish off of my recently aquired bridgport X axis table. Been using a green scratchy pad and a palm sander and WD40. Made almost zero progress. Can I add something like Bon-Ami to the mix to cut the crud without hurting the table?
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Default Re: cleaning brideport table.

Are you talking about moisture surface rust? I cleaned with brake cleaner then I use different type WD 40 to spray on and let it soak rust for a week. Rust dissolved at most and separated from humid.

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Old 08-12-2008, 09:39:05 AM
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Default Re: cleaning brideport table.

If the table is rusty then use a razor blade and scrape the table to lift the rust and then use a scratch pad and WD40 with hand power.

If the crud is from cutting oils etc. then try using solvents, a trial and error process to find one that works. Again use razor blades.

When done gently stone the table to remove any marks etc. Bad marks may need to be smoothed with a very fine file gently floated over the table. Marks being dings etc. from careless use.

No matter what slow and easy is the key, do no harm.
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Old 08-12-2008, 01:05:30 PM
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Default Re: cleaning brideport table.

Maybe mineral spirits and a wire brush on an angle grinder? Later some steel wool and fine sandpaper? Kevin
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Default Re: Cleaning Bridgeport mill table

You notice how much effort is required when trying to sand a half a thousanth off barstock spinning in the lathe..It isnt easy to remove a measureable quantity of metal using sandpaper..So I dont mind using 200 grit wet and dry sandpaper with squirt of Wd-40 on my mill tables. It doesnt take off any metal that I can tell and it does clean it to a respectable appearance.
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Old 09-08-2008, 08:27:33 PM
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Default Re: Cleaning Bridgeport mill table

i have noticed that cutting oils build up if not cleaned off very often I have found that CRC industrial degreaser works really well also formula 409 works although not as good.
I would try some mineral spirits or gasoline on a cleaning rag but don't smoke for a while if using gas.
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